How do I Apply for FAFSA

Published October 4, 2021

When is my application due?
There are 3 FAFSA deadlines to know: 

  • College-check with your school to find out when the forms are due.

  • State-each state has a different deadline. 

  • ‚ÄčFederal-to be considered for federal student aid for the 2021–22 award year, your FAFSA form must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sept. 10, 2022.

Tip: Get your forms in before the deadlines for a better chance at receiving aid!
How do I apply?
It’s best to apply online using the myStudentAid app or at
You can also snail mail your application to the address on the form.
Before submitting your form, run it through this checklist:

  • Did you use your legal name?

  • Did you use your permanent address?

  • Did you include your college?

  • Did you sign and date the form? 

  • Did you leave any blank fields? (Enter “0” or “not applicable” instead.)

  • Did you use commas or decimals in numeric fields? It’s best to round to the nearest dollar.